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Definition of repulse:

  1. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.
  2. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back.
  3. To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject; to send away; as, to repulse a suitor or a proffer.
  4. To repel; to beat or drive back; as, to repulse an assault; to repulse the enemy.


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